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March 18, 2010

Google and Linux are coming to your TV

by @ 10:02 am. Filed under Hardware, Linux News

Google is coming to your TV sometime soon and it’s going to be using Linux to get there.

“In what may have been Google’s worst kept secret in years, Google, along with its partners, Intel, Logitech and Sony, is on its way to delivering the Web to your television. What will they be using to do this? Why, they’ll be using Google’s Android Linux, of course.

Android is an embedded Linux that Google has already been deploying in phones like its own Nexus One and Motorola’s Devour and Droid. But Android has always been more than just a smartphone operating system; it’s also been used in netbooks and other devices. So taking it to a TV set-top box was an easy move for Google and its hardware friends.

In fact, Linux has long been a part of the TV set-top box scene. TiVo, one of the first and some would argue still the best DVR (digital video recorder) uses Linux. Many other DVRs and TV set-top boxes use it as well.

With Google TV, Google will likely be supplying Android as well as Web content from both outside video sources and its own, such as YouTube. Here, we don’t know what’s Google is up to, but I would be a very happy guy if they’d let me get to Hulu, Netflix, and Revision 3 on my television. “

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Original News Source:Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold

Linux the target of unethical patent war?

by @ 7:10 am. Filed under Linux News, M$ Exposed, tech news

It seems that Linux is now being licensed by M$? How does something like that happen? First, Microsoft files patents on nearly everything under the sun, many of which they do not rightfully deserve, but took from other places. Then, they claim that Linux infringes upon “their” patents. Then, they force companies into licensing agreements where said companies are paying M$ royalties for using Linux.

First, Novell sleeps with the devil. Now, M$ even has Amazon convinced that they need to license Linux from them. They aren’t the only ones, either.

*blank stare*

Apparently, I’m missing something. I was quite sure that Torvalds and Stallman began the whole GNU/Linux thing.

They did it *LONG* before Microsoft’s frivolous hey-day of patent filing. I mean, let’s be realistic here. They didn’t invent the Graphical User Interface, or what started out as what we now know as the windowing system. Or the mouse, for that matter. You think they invented the “My Documents” idea? No way. That came from the /home/username convention of Unix. What about the “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” file? Nope, another rip-off from another operating system that came before anything M$ ever did.

Even if you love Windows, you have to at least agree that M$ are severely abusing their size, money, and influence to bully around smaller companies (gee, that’s new) more than they ever have before. Maybe we’re just used to them doing that. Maybe we are a bunch of drones that just accept what “The Microsoft” has spoken.

Come on, people. Do not sign patent deals with M$ regarding Linux. They do not own it. Their patents are baloney. You could probably quite easily prove that a large part of them aren’t even valid (i.e., prior art existed).

Read more about this fully unethical phenomena:

Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

Microsoft licensing Linux

Microsoft, Amazon Sign IP Licensing Deal

Microsoft and I-O Data Sign Linux Patent Deal

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